Households are being urged to be on their guard against scammers offering Council Tax refunds in an attempt to get bank account details.
Officials in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea say fraudsters claiming to work for the council have been contacting residents, requesting their bank details so they can process a fictitious Council Tax overpayment.
Homeowners who agree to provide their bank details are then asked to pay an “administration fee” to enable to refund to be processed.
Cllr Warrick Lightfoot, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Cabinet Member for Finance said: “You should never give your bank details to anyone who calls out of the blue claiming to be a member of our staff.
“The Council would never ring a resident to ask for their bank details to issue a refund. If an overpayment had been made, and a refund is due, we would either refund the money directly if it had been paid by direct debit, or send a credit notice to the bill payer’s address.”
Any concerned residents should call the Council tax team at the council on 020 7361 3005.